Endorsed guidance

The College is often asked to endorse or support guidance developed by other organisations. We offer different levels of collaboration on guidance through its Co-authorship, Partnership, Endorsement and Support (COPES) Group. For further information and how to submit a request please click here.

Specific requests for consultation comments can be submitted here.

Guidance documents currently endorsed by the College:

Note- all material endorsed  has an endorsement duration of three years or until the review date published in the material, whichever is the longer period. 

Publishing Organisation Title of Guideline Date of endorsement
Association of Anaesthetists Anaesthesia Team Guideline 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Safe provision of anaesthetic services in
magnetic resonance units' guidelines
Association of Anaesthetists Concise practice guidance on the prevention &
 management of accidental awareness during GA (NAP5)
Association of Anaesthetists Quick Reference Handbook 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Anaesthesia and peri-operative care for
Jehovah’s Witnesses and patients who refuse blood
Association of Anaesthetists Cell salvage for peri‐operative blood conservation 2018 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Safe transfer of the brain-injured patient: trauma and stroke 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Peri-operative care for people with dementia 2019
Association of Anaesthetists Checklist for draw-over anaesthetic equipment 2019
Association of Anaesthetists Management of glucocorticoids during the peri-operative period for patients with adrenal insufficiency 2020

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (et al)

Joint professional guidance on the use of general anaesthesia in young children

British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Set-up of penicillin allergy de-labelling services by non-allergists working in a hospital setting

British Society of Gastroenterology Deep sedation and anaesthesia in complex
gastrointestinal endoscopy - joint position statement
British Thoracic Society/Intensive Care Society Guideline for the Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Adults 2017
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Enhanced Care: Guidance on Service Development in the Hospital Setting 2020
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Care Society Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services 2019
Faculty of Pain Medicine Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting 2020
Lancet Countdown Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Policy brief for the UK 2020
Professional Records Standards Body Core information standard 2019
Professional Records Standards Body Digital Medication Information Assurance  2019
Public Health England Seasonal influenza - Guidance for critical care units  2019
Royal College of Nursing (et al) Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff 2019
Royal College of Nursing (et al) Adult and Older People Safeguarding Competencies Framework consultation 2018
Royal College of Ophthalmologists/BOAS Patient safety alert – gas in the vitrectomised
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Facing the Future: Standards for Children in Emergency Care Settings 2018
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people 2020
Royal College of Surgeons Higher Risk General Surgery 2018
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines 


University College London Transfer Medicine Massive Open Online Course  2022

Supported Guidance

Below is a list of the guidance documents currently supported by the College:

Publishing Organisation Title of Guideline Date of support
British Orthopaedic Association  The care of the older or frail orthopaedic trauma patient 2019
British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy Non-obstetric laparoscopic surgery in pregnancy 2018
Independent Healthcare Providers Network Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework 2019
The Improvement Academy and Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group Second Victim Support 2019